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Spokane music venue the Pin announces closure

Country singer-songwriter and Kansas native Logan Mize performed at the Pin in February. (John Shear)

The Pin has dropped from the ranks of Spokane’s music scene.

The music venue’s owner, Chelsey Heidenreich, announced Friday afternoon via Facebook that the club at 412 W. Sprague Ave. has permanently closed its doors.

“We have had the best time with you the last few years,” Heidenreich wrote. “We are devastated to announce that we are closing our doors permanently due to the current state of the world and the unpredictable time before we would be allowed to open our doors again.”

The club, which catered to fringe bands, had become a staple in the Spokane music world. The long list of musical talent that played at the Pin included the iconic punk act the Misfits’ Michale Graves, the metal band Devil to Pay and veteran rapper King Lil G.

But it also hosted country singers, including Kansas native Logan Mize in February, and other genres.

Heidenreich recently had made renovations, but the business struggled like many others to survive either no business or reduced crowds caused by regulations seeking to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

“This is not a decision that we have taken lightly but something we have been trying to determine what is best for the last five long months,” she wrote. “For many people, the Pin was the first time stepping onstage as an artist, first time experiencing a concert, a memory of seeing your favorite artist up close and personal, and we hope you continue to make these memories and support live entertainment.”

The closure will leave a hole in the Spokane music scene. Known as Club 412 before it became the Pin, the dive-like venue also hosted comedy acts. Heidenreich dedicated part of her post to thanking her staff and attendees who helped make the venue a success. Efforts to reach Heidenreich were unsuccessful Friday afternoon.

“The amount of love and memories we have shared with you, we will forever hold close to our hearts,” she wrote. “We will miss you.”